Do-it-yourself air quality testing kit types.
Why you should need an air quality testing kit, I wrote before (read here).
Do-it-yourself (DIY) testing kits let you take control of your own environment on your schedule and at a reasonable cost. There are several types of testing kits available on the market, each intended to detect different types of pollutants in your environment. There are 5 types of test kits – allergen test kits, mold test kits, formaldehyde test kits, organic vapor test kits, and lead test kits.
How to use a test kit.
DIY testing kits are usually straightforward to use. You have to do some simple actions to test your environment.
In most cases, you’ll follow these steps:
- Open the testing kit, and you will find instructions. Follow them and collect an airborne sample from your home. All materials for collecting your sample(s) are included in the kit.
- When you take your sample(s), use an envelope (included) to mail them to the laboratory to provide analysis screening. Lab analysis will not cost you anything because fees are included in the price of the kit.
- When the lab receives your samples, a laboratory specialist will analyze and prepare them. Usually, in the next 7 to 10 business days, you will receive a detailed written report on your results, naming the detected pollutants in your sample. You’ll also receive a summary of suggested actions to take to return healthy indoor air quality based on your results.
Advantages of Testing Your Air
The most important is knowledge. You will gain information about the health of your environment. With this information, you can make more intelligent decisions on approaching airborne pollutants in your home. For example, based on the results you get from using an allergen test kit, you might decide to invest in an air purifier to eliminate allergens and decrease your symptoms. Or results from using a lead test kit can advise you to hire a lead abatement professional to remove harmful lead hazards from your home.